Not too many shows can say they had their run of 7 seasons, and have their 7th season be a strong contender. Unless your Game of Thrones, or Lost, but it was all a dream so does that really count? Or…The Good Wife (for those that watched, #notme). But to be frank, no pun intended, I didn’t expect much from Showtime’s 7th go around with Shameless. At the end of last season it felt like the writers were just going around in circles, Debbie being a teen mom, Lip flunking out of school, Freaky Fiona getting her freak on, it just seemed like these characters weren’t going anywhere, they were just in the crazy spiral they’ve always been in and the season started off strong, well for some, but then in the middle it kind of got boring? It got really sad on one end (Lip) and really exciting on the other (Fiona), so I never knew how to really feel. But then, something magical happened, Monica showed up again, and this time, just like every other time, you hoped this would be that existential moment she has, where she finally wakes up and saves her kids. And I guess in a way it was, she just lost went to sleep forever instead.
You know, as much as I hate Frank, I never hated Monica. Even though she was in and out of the seasons, any time she showed up I got my hopes up, even though the kids didn’t. I always gave her the benefit of the doubt, and I always wanted her to show up for her kids. But this season she shows up, and she admits to Frank she’s dying, and at first I was like okay great, this is going to be all cheese, but it was all so beautiful, so funny, and of course super sad. There’s something about Shameless, where you can be watching it and hysterically laughing, and then you get hit with a flood of emotion, and it’s this constant rollercoaster but it always works. After Monica and Frank’s wedding, I had a feeling that she wouldn’t make it out of the season, but I never thought they would have her dead in that moment. You think you know this show so you’re assuming she’s probably high or too drunk to get up , but then you see the panic on Frank’s face, his desperation, his pleading for her to wake up, it was just such a sad scene, but you’re still waiting for the joke to hit because this is Shameless after all, but it never does and the episode cuts to black.
So she’s dead, in the season finale the kids take her to the hospital but she’s been dead, and I don’t think the sad part is Monica being dead. The sad part was seeing all the kids like finally realize this surprising feeling they had towards her that they buried each time she would let them down. I think they all realized hating her was so much easier. But who can deny that your mom keeping 70k worth of meth for your inheritance is pretty badass. I think the only thing I would’ve wanted differently, first off I think she could’ve been in the show a lot more, there were so many different dimensions to her as a character, from Frank’s speech at her funeral it sounded like she was the reason for all of this craziness, so you would think she would have all the answers as to why? Whereas Frank always seemed like he was just following, well from his story it did turn out that way, that he fell in love with her and followed her to the ends of the earth. So yeah, a few unanswered questions.
So even though season 7 didn’t end well for Monica, it looked like the Gallaghers are heading to a good start for season 8, who doesn’t love a good montage ending.
Started off on tinder, now she’s paid off the house mortgage, drives a Rav4, and is the new owner of an apartment building, and possibly new man?
Memorable mentions: Returning her and Liam’s portion of the Monica meth, she hides it under Monica’s body in the casket, and then literally punches her mom in the chest with tears in her eyes. Also major tears in our eyes to. Ugh.
Started off in AA, ended off in the AA. I loved his ending, I hated him during the season, he got kicked out of school, didn’t want to go back, and then when he got the sliver of a chance to go back, he realized how much he wanted it and the school denied him everything. He went to a really dark place this season, and I’m really hoping that’s as dark as we see Lip. In the ending montage he shows up at AA again, and looks super happy to be there. Yay. Again, tears in our eyes.
Memorable mentions: I have to say, my heart sank when he admitted in the season finale that he really fucked up. I think he knew it, internally, he knew it all along, but he kept thinking he could find another way, but hearing him say he messed up, it was all on him, it was really huge.
I freaking love Ian. Ian was my man this season, he just seemed like he had his sh** together, until Mickey escaped prison. Aside from his new boyfriend, meh, when Mickey returns Ian is super confused and runs off with his first love, but right before they cross the border Ian backs out, and says ‘this isn’t me anymore’
Memorable mentions: Leaving Mickey at the border, in a cheap wig and dress.
Didn’t really like this whole Debbie teen mom thing, but she pulled through this season, even making up with Fiona, and overall just seeming more mature. Not quite sure about her choice in welding, but here’s to her. Maybe she’ll get an etsy account and make a lot of money.
Memorable mentions: Her and Monica busting up her baby’s grandmother’s house that seen was hilarious.
Carl surprises me each season. I love how level headed he’s become. He quit his drug running business, fell in love, fell out of it, paid for his own circumcision surgery, and then decided to go to military school. Amazing. He returns in the season finale to cook a bacon breakfast, and just be there to support his family. Also he offers to sell of the meth to his corner hood friends.
Memorable mentions: His whole journey this season, he really stepped up and was trying to be the man of the house, choosing to go to military school, he’s what you would call a ‘sick kid’ in all the good ways.
Liam gets to go to private school because of Frank, this was one of the coolest moments of the season. Big ups to daddy Frank for finally doing something good.
I want to believe something changed in all the Gallaghers after Monica’s passing, but like many seasons before things just kind of fall back into place. I’m hoping, and it seems like the show might be coming to a close soon, that the writers are taking these characters slowly towards the sunset.
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